Earth day, every day

Oregon leads the nation in sustainable energy technology and green building, and Bend’s focus on energy efficiency and sustainability is no exception:

 

The City of Bend integrates best practices for sustainability into its work across departments and in partnership with the community. {Read more about City projects and sustainability efforts here}

 

 

Bend Parks & Recreation values environmental sustainability by making decisions that help protect, maintain and preserve our natural and developed resources.  {Read more here}

 

 

Green businesses and adventures are plentiful, from large-scale and small, locally owned companies throughout town, and a focus on sustainable eco-tourism designed to connect travelers with the community they’re exploring. {Source: Visit Bend — read more here} – Plan your vacation soon, but right now it can wait. Stay home, stay safe. 

In the meantime, please support our favorite local businesses as they navigate these extraordinary times. Buy gift cards online and use them at a later date! {Read more: How To  Support Local Businesses Right Now In Bend, Oregon}

 

 

Many homes and neighborhoods are Earth Advantage™ Certified, a high-performance home building program that addresses issues such as energy efficiency, recycling, building materials, landscaping, water, and indoor air quality.  And, if you can’t find a green home you love, you can always build one.

 

 

Local schools are built with sustainability in mind and encourage students, faculty, and staff to embrace sustainable practices, reduce waste, and improve energy use. Per The Environmental Center: Many students are eager to learn how they can have a positive impact on the planet. We encourage and help organize student-led, mentor-supported Green Teams within local schools.

 

 

 

The Environmental Center – Virtual Power Hour 4/15/20:

Whether you’re looking for your first-time home or your fifth, and whether the house is 3 years old or 50, this virtual power hour will help you determine what to expect from your potential utility bills, energy hogs to keep an eye out for, and how to make a prioritized list for energy-saving improvements (even in the mix of all the other upgrades you’re trying to squeeze in).  The discussion will touch upon how to plan for adding an electric car and/or solar, resources such as energy efficient mortgages, and other tools to help streamline the home buying process as an energy-savvy consumer.

 

VIRTUAL Power Hour: How to save energy in your new home

Whether you’re looking for your first-time home or your fifth, and whether the house is 3 years old or 50, we’ll help you determine what to expect from your potential utility bills, energy hogs to keep an eye out for, and how to make a prioritized list for energy-saving improvements (even in the mix of all the other upgrades you’re trying to squeeze in). We’ll touch on how to plan for adding an electric car and/or solar, resources such as energy efficient mortgages, and other tools to help streamline the home buying process as an energy-savvy consumer.We will be live streaming this presentation with the opportunity to ask questions and engage during the event. Please RSVP in advance, and we’ll email out the link about 2 days beforehand. This is our first Virtual Power Hour Presentation starts at 5:00PM and we will have plenty of time for questions that you can ask on FB Live and we will answer live on the stream! Bring your questions, bring a drink and invite a friend to join in as well!Speakers: Stay tuned for more details. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Energy Trust of Oregon

Posted by The Environmental Center on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

 

Earth Day Fair & Parade – 2020:

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year’s annual Earth Day Fair & Parade has shifted gears in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Per The Environmental Center:

…will still celebrate, connect, and take action for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We believe Central Oregon can harness the power of collective impact and rally around Earth Day in meaningful ways – despite all the challenges we face right now. We can each play an important role in caring for our home and our neighbors.

2020 Earth Day highlights:

  • An Earth-Day themed scavenger hunt app. (Win prizes!)
  • Colorful costumes and a virtual parade
  • Beautiful art by Jefferson Greene
  • Story time with Teafly Peterson, creator of the Earth Guardian puppets

 

Learn more about the virtual activities, fun at-home learning opportunities, and this year’s Earth Day themed scavenger hunt here or get the scoop on Earth Day 2020 here.

Drink up, Do Good, Rock On:

Worthy Brewing and The Environmental Center present a special Earth Day Livestream featuring Greg Botsford of G Bots and the Journeymen as part of The Environmental Center’s week long Earth Day celebration!

For every Worthy six pack sold on concert days , Worthy will donate $5 to the Worthy Roots Relief Fund, which has been set up to generate financial support for out of work but not down ’n out local musicians and their support crew. Buy a six pack, send 5 bucks to a local artist!

 

Learn more about this Earth Day live stream event and the Worthy Roots Relief Fund concert series here.

 

Sustainable Tourism:

Visit Bend has a fresh approach to tourism marketing: Leave-No-Trace practices. Sustainable tourism. A focus on community. Starting in 2017, Visit Bend launched a series of sustainable initiatives including Visit Like a Local and The Bend Pledge aimed at urging people to interact responsibly with the community and surrounding wilderness.  Take the Bend Pledge, and help leave Bend better than you found it.

 

Right now, we’re encouraging everyone to stay home and not travel. Your Bend vacation can waitBut, when we’re open for visitors again, we’ll be here and our adventure playground will be ready to explore.

 

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